- Professor of Physics, University of Pennsylvania (2004- )
- Professor of Physics, UCLA (2002-2004)
- Professeur Invité, Chair Total, ESPCI – Paris (2014)
- Visiting Scientist, Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences (2002)
- Visiting Scientist, Universite Louis Pasteur (2001)
- Associate Professor of Physics, UCLA (1998-2004)
- Visiting Scientist, Institute for Theoretical Physics (1997)
- Visiting Scientist, Elf-Aquitaine/CNRS Laboratory (1997)
- Assistant Professor of Physics, UCLA (1991-1998)
- Postdoctoral Fellow, Exxon Research and Engineering (1989-1991)
My honors are:
- Chair line, APS Topical Group on Soft Matter (2017-2021)
- Editorial Board, NPJ Microgravity (2014-present)
- Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecturer (2003-2005)
- Fellow, American Physical Society (2005)
- Member at Large, APS Topical Group on Statistical and Nonlinear Physics (2005-2008)
- Editorial Board, Journal of Statistical Mechanics: Theory and Experiment (2007-present)
Ph.D. Cornell (1989)
A.B. The University of Chicago (1984)
My general research interests are in the area of soft matter physics: the structure, dynamics, and macroscopic behavior of a very broad class of materials that are typically noncrystalline and composed of macromolecules (e.g. polymers, liquid crystals, surfactants, biomolecules) or particulates (e.g. nanoparticles, colloids, grains, bubbles, droplets). This growing field complements solid state and statistical physics and has considerable overlap with disciplines of chemistry, geology, chemical and mechanical engineering, materials science, and even biology. A common theme in soft condensed matter is that while the materials are disordered at the molecular scale and homogeneous at the macroscopic scale, they usually possess a certain amount of order at an intermediate, or mesoscopic, scale due to a delicate balance of interaction and thermal or driving effects. The general goal is to determine this structure and its dynamics, how it arises, and how it influences the macroscopic behavior. This is obviously of great practical interest since almost all matter we encounter in our everyday lives is a form of soft condensed matter. This is also of great fundamental interest since while we understand the physics controlling the behavior of individual atoms and molecules, and the physics controlling the behavior of macroscopic chunks of matter, we are relatively ignorant of the complex connection between these well known limits. Therefore, completely new and unexpected behavior often arise, which we enjoy discovering and quantifying experimentally and modeling theoretically. Since the mesoscopic structure of many forms of soft condensed matter strongly scatters visible light, they appear opaque. My research takes advantage of this multiple light scattering property, as well as digital video imaging, to probe mesoscale structure and dynamics. Recent focus is on particulate systems composed of colloids, grains, or bubbles, which are all typically far-from-equilibrium and exhibit non-linear response and unusual collective behavior near jamming.
Phys 101: General Physics: Mechanics, Heat, Sound
Phys 102: General Physics: EM, Optics, Modern Physics
Phys 140: Principles of Physics I: Mechanics and Wave Motion
Phys 141: Principles of Phys II: Electromagnetism and Radiation
Phys 351: Analytical Mechanics
Phys 401: Thermodynamics and the Intro to Statistical Mechanics and Kinetic Theory
Phys 421: Modern Optics
- C. D. Schimming and D. J. Durian, Border-crossing model for the diffusive coarsening of two-dimensional and quasi-two-dimensional wet foams, Physical Review E 96, 032805 (2017).
- J. Koivisto and D. J. Durian, The sands of time run faster near the end, Nature Communications 8, 15551 (2017).
- T. Chieco and D. J. Durian, Characterizing pixel and point patterns with a hyperuniformity disorder length, Physical Review E 96, 032909 (2017).
- J. M. Rieser, C. P. Goodrich, A. J. Liu and D. J. Durian, Divergence of Voronoi Cell Anisotropy Vector: A Threshold-Free Characterization of Local Structure in Amorphous Materials, Physical Review Letters 116, 088001 (2016).
- C. C. Thomas and D. J. Durian, Fraction of Clogging Configurations Sampled by Granular Hopper Flow, Physical Review Letters 114, 178001 (2015).
- M. Houssais, C. P. Ortiz, D. J. Durian and D. J. Jerolmack, Onset of sediment transport is a continuous transition driven by fluid shear and granular creep, Nature Communications 6, 7527 (2015).
- Y. L. Wei, C. M. Cejas, R. Barrois, R. Dreyfus and D. J. Durian, Morphology of Rain Water Channeling in Systematically Varied Model Sandy Soils, Physical Review Applied 2, 044004 (2014).
- R. Hohler, S. Cohen-Addad and D. J. Durian, Multiple light scattering as a probe of foams and emulsions, Current Opinion in Colloid & Interface Science 19, 242-252 (2014).
- T. A. Brzinski , P. Mayor and D. J. Durian, Depth-Dependent Resistance of Granular Media to Vertical Penetration, Physical Review Letters 111 (2013).
- L. J. Daniels, T. K. Haxton, N. Xu, A. J. Liu and D. J. Durian, Temperature-Pressure Scaling for Air-Fluidized Grains near Jamming, Physical Review Letters 108, 138001 (2012).
- K. Nordstrom, E. Verneuil, P. E. Arratia, A. Basu, Z. Zhang, A. G. Yodh, J. P. Gollub and D. J. Durian, Microfluidic rheology of soft colloids above and below jamming, Physical Review Letters 105, 175701 (2010).
- D. J. Durian and S. R. Raghavan, Making a frothy shampoo or beer, Physics Today 63, 62-63 (2010).
- E. L. Nelson, H. Katsuragi, P. Mayor and D. J. Durian, Projectile interactions in granular impact cratering, Physical Review Letters 101, 068001 (2008).
- R. Abate and D. J. Durian, Effective Temperatures and Activated Dynamics for a Two-Dimensional Air-Driven Granular System on Two Approaches to Jamming, Physical Review Letters 101, 245701 (2008).
- S. Keys, A. R. Abate, S. C. Glotzer and D. J. Durian, Measurement of growing dynamical length scales and prediction of the jamming transition in a granular material, Nature Physics 3, 260-264 (2007).
- H. Katsuragi and D. J. Durian, Unified force law for granular impact cratering, Nature Physics 3, 420-423 (2007).